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Welcome to CrossTalk, a Telco-Broadband publication designed to provide you with timely, valuable information in a clear and simple format. Crosstalk strives to provide a centralized guide to the latest market research and technology advancements that allow our industry to stay competitive, reduce customer churn, and increase profitability. We will also provide updates on the latest developments here at Actiontec. We hope you enjoy this issue, and continue to look for our updates in the future. We also look forward to any feedback you may have on how we can make this newsletter more valuable to you.

CrossTalk Receives Recognition
CrossTalk is a labor of love for the staff here at Actiontec. Many late night hours are spent combing through all of the news and research available and cataloging it in our comprehensive database. So, we're proud to have been given a couple of awards from Network Product Guide: a "Hot Companies 2011 Finalist" and an award for "Product Management/Marketing Initiative or Program of the Year." We've also been recognized as a finalist for a 2011 Stevie, which are awarded by American Business Awards and are one of most coveted prizes in the industry. Thanks for your continued support and enthusiasm.

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Synergy, Synergy, Synergy: CrossTalk Enters Blogging Fray
In addition to the awards, we'd also like to point you toward the premiere of our brother publication, the official Actiontec CrossTalk blog. According to its introductory post, the blog intends to be "a way to highlight ongoing stories that we feel are significant to fellow telecommunications industry members, as well as other interested individuals. We'd also like to keep you abreast of developments here at Actiontec, including new products, new technologies, and new partnerships we develop." In short, a kind of daily update in the same vein as CrossTalk, the newsletter, but timelier and able to keep up with the speed at which our industry moves, changes, and charges forward. It may not be able to cover all the bases this newsletter does, and you won't be able to fold it up and stick in your back pocket (yet), but we think it will be a worthy Internet destination for anybody interested in the things we discuss here. If you can, stop by and say hello.
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FREE Market Research

# of Broadband Subscribers for Top Cable and Telcos (Q1 2011) by Leichtman Research

Even with subscriptions heading downhill, according to the latest surveys, cable companies are still the first choice for users when they decide to install broadband. Research released on 17 May 2011 by the Leichtman Research Group showed that roughly two out of three people choose cable as their broadband supplier, with the majority of these signing up with Comcast.

As a comparison, in the first quarter of this year, top cable firms signed up over 850,000 subscribers, compared to 425,000 for top telephone companies over the same period

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Report: Average mobile broadband user to consume several gigabytes per month by 2020 from WiseHarbor

If you think the air is filled with flying gigabytes of information today, wait until 2020. That's when WiseHarbor predicts that every single mobile user will be downloading multiple GBs of data per month, according to research the firm has just completed and announced at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam. WiseHarbor also sees revenue yields declining dramatically, to an average of one-tenth of a cent per megabyte, while LTE becomes the leading mobile technology.

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The Social Life of Health Information, 2011 by Pew Research

As the online experience matures, more people are depending on the Internet for health information in the U.S., particularly in seeking advice from peers. Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals remain the no. 1 source for people with health concerns, but there are active, well-connected groups of patients and caregivers who are using online resources to augment their health knowledge and share information.

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U.S. Consumer Attitudes on In-Home Mobile Services and Femtocells from Parks Associates

Parks Associates latest, the result of a commission from the Femto Forum, shows that 57% of U.S. consumers have a favorable impression of femtocells and revealed that the main interest in femtocells is derived from the promise of boosting in-home service. Parks also found that 15% of users would switch providers to acquire femtocells, while 44% of those who are thinking of switching providers would stay if their current provider offered femtocell service.

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PAY FOR Market Research

Just a reminder: the following section highlights only some of the reports currently available. To get a full listing, click here.
Residential Gateways Take Over Broadband CPE Volume from InStat

Residential gateway revenues are expected to top $10 billion by 2015, according to recently released research by In-Stat. This rise in the CPE space is mainly caused by providers favoring gateways over modems, which fulfill customer needs today and promise future revenue possibilities for operators. Other salient points:
  • Residential gateway shipments will surpass modems by 2014, bolstered by built-in Wi-Fi and routing features
  • Fixed satellite CPE revenues to reach $340 million by 2014

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Pay-TV Subscriber Market Data from ABI Research

ABI Research's latest study, "Pay-TV Subscriber Market Data," has been released and contains some interesting data regarding the ongoing battle between cable and telco/Internet TV. According to the report, 11.3 million pay-TV subscribers were added to the rolls at the end of Q1 2011(total number by end of 2011: 760 million). And while cable TV continues to hold the largest market share of subscribers, its share has dropped from 72% in 2009 to 69% in 2010, with even greater declines incurred in Western Europe and North America. Much of this decline can be traced to the increased choice consumers have in spending their home entertainment dollars.

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Residential Energy Management 2011: Trends and Opportunities from Parks Associates

In this latest piece of market intelligence, Parks Associates projects that 13% of U.S. households will include some type of energy management network by 2015. This infrastructure will include lighting controls, programmable thermostats, and other self-monitoring systems.

These systems will go hand-in-hand with growing consumer interest in energy savings to create opportunities outside the utility industry, and while many established firms, such as ADT, GE, Intel, and Best Buy have already entered the market and are gearing up to market their services, this segment is ripe for growth over the next three to five years.

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Upcoming Events

2011-05-23 Connectivity Week 2011 in Santa Clara, CA (May 23-26)

2011-05-23 Alaska Telephone Association 2011 Annual Meeting in Valdez, AK (May 23-25)

2011-05-31 2011 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto (May 31 to June 2)

2011-06-06 Iowa Telecommunications Association (ITA) Rural Telecom Forum

2011-06-06 OTA/EITA Joint Annual Meeting in Gleneden Beach, OR (Jun 6-8)

2011-06-08 World IPv6 Day

2011-06-12 Illinois Telecommunications Association Annual Convention in Normal, IL (Jun 12-14)

2011-06-14 The Cable Show 2011 in Chicago, IL (June 14-16)

2011-06-20 Cloud Leadership Forum in Santa Clara, CA (Jun 20-21)

2011-06-20 Consumers Electronics Week in New York (June 20-25)

2011-06-21 Smart Grid Summit in Herndon, VA (Jun 21-22)

2011-06-28 Connections...The Digital Living Conference and Showcase in Santa Clara, CA (Jun 28-30)

2011-07-11 8th Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, CA (Jul 11-12)

2011-07-14 IPv6 2011: The Time Is Now! in New York, NY (Jul 14)

2011-07-23 48th Annual Summer Convention and Tradeshow in Minneapolis, MN (Jul 23-27)

2011-09-11 WTA's 2011 Fall Annual Meeting in Tuscon, AZ (Sep 18-21)

2011-09-25 NTCA Fall Conference in Seattle, WA (Sep 25-28)

2011-09-26 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL (Sept 26-30)

2011-10-03 2011 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas, TX (Oct 3-6)

2011-10-16 NTCA PR & Marketing Workshop in Minneapolis, MN (Oct 16-18)

2011-10-24 4G World 2011 Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL (Oct 24-27)
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Suggestion Box

Have an idea for an article, want to contribute an article, or just have a suggestion for improving this newsletter? Feel free to contact Lesley Kirchman at ljkirchman@actiontec.com. See you next time.
About Actiontec Electronics, Inc

Building off of a history of shipping 23 million Internet access devices, Actiontec Electronics, Inc., leads the market in developing innovative broadband connectivity and broadband-powered solutions that simplify and enrich the digital life. Actiontec offerings range from the market's broadest selection of IPTV-capable broadband home gateways for bringing IP-based video services into the home, to DSL modems, wireless networking devices, routers and digital entertainment devices. The company's carrier-class products are easy to install, manage, and use, and are sold through retail channels and broadband service providers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, call 408-752-7700 or visit http://www.actiontec.com

Actiontec Electronics Inc. - 760 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 -
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